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The Health Portfolio covers a range of policy and program areas aimed at achieving better health outcomes for Australians, supporting a high-quality health system and better outcomes in sport, including integrity, performance and participation.
The Health portfolio covers a range of policy and program areas aimed at achieving better health and ageing outcomes for Australians, supporting equitable, efficient and high-quality health and aged care systems, and improving opportunities for better outcomes in sport.
This audit would examine the Department of Health’s implementation of the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI), including 2016–17 Budget measures that were designed to bring the level of growth in ACFI subsidies to more sustainable levels.
The ACFI, which was introduced in 2008, is used by the Department of Health to determine the subsidies to be paid to residential aged care providers. Each year, approximately 150 000 ACFI assessments are undertaken by organisations approved to provide home care, residential care and/or flexible care under the Aged Care Act 1997. The department is responsible for providing advice and for preparing instructions for approved providers to guide the preparation of the assessments. It is also responsible for monitoring the accuracy of completed assessments and subsidy claims.
The ageing of Australia’s population is expected to create a range of pressures on Australia’s economy, including on healthcare infrastructure, the labour market, the tax and transfer system and public finances. In response to higher-than-anticipated growth in ACFI funding claims over recent years, the Government increased the estimate of residential aged care expenditure over the forward estimates by more than $3.8 billion in the 2016–17 Budget and announced a range of measures designed to bring the level of growth back to more sustainable levels.
This audit would examine the Department of Health’s implementation of the My Aged Care Portal, including the extent to which it has facilitated greater access for older Australians and their families to information and support services.
The My Aged Care Portal, which was introduced in July 2013, comprises a website and a call centre and serves as the primary contact point for people seeking information on subsidised aged care. On 1 July 2015, the My Aged Care Portal was expanded to become the single entry point to the aged care system in Australia.
The Department of Health reported in its annual report that 2015–16 had been a transitional year for the sector, and identified the initial challenges of stabilising the technology platform, and the need for the contact centre, assessors and providers to adapt to new processes.
This audit would examine the Department of Human Services’ management and delivery of programs, services and payments on behalf of other Australian Government entities, as well as the department’s performance against its respective obligations and service standards.
Human Services provides a range of programs, services and payments for, and on behalf of, a number of Australian Government entities, such as income support payments for the Department of Social Services, and aged care payments and the maintenance of various health-related registers for the Department of Health. Arrangements for these services and payments are outlined in various memorandums of understanding and business partnership agreements. In the 2017–18 Budget, Human Services estimated that it would process around $175 billion in payments on behalf of other government entities.
The proposed audit would provide assurance that business agreements support Human Services in meeting the expectations of entities on behalf of whom it delivers payments; and that roles, responsibilities and performance reporting arrangements are clearly defined.
The audit objective is to assess the effectiveness of the Department of Health's design, implementation and administration of primary healthcare under the Indigenous Australians' Health Program (IAHP).
The objective of this audit is to assess the effectiveness of risk management, data monitoring and public reporting arrangements associated with the Australian Government’s funding of public hospital services under the 2011 National Health Reform Agreement (NHRA).
The objective of this audit is to examine whether selected regulatory entities effectively apply the cost recovery principles of the Australian Government’s cost recovery framework. The selected regulatory entities are the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, and the Department of Health (Therapeutic Goods Administration).
The objective of this audit is to assess the department’s design, implementation and monitoring of select 2014–15 and 2015–16 Budget measures aimed at achieving $1.2 billion in savings and other benefits.